2017 Australian Championship Complete Guide

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The 2016-17 season for Wingless Sprints will offer two big weekends of racing in Tasmania which are not to be missed, with the Powranna Plant Hire Australian Championship and the Tasmanian Title.


Below is everything you need to know in order to prepare for these events.



The Australian Title will be held over three days at Cranes Combined Carrick Speedway, beginning on Thursday, February 23 with practice and the calcutta. The following Friday night will see the heat races and preliminary feature race, with the remaining heats and title-deciding feature race to be held on Saturday night of February 25. The event offers a whopping prize pool of $22,000, with $5,000 to win.


Two weeks later, drivers will return to Cranes Combined Carrick Speedway where they will contest the Tasmanian Title. The title is expected to be held over two nights on March 11-12 with the opportunity for drivers to win a minimum of $2,000; however, if less than 30 cars nominate, it will be changed to single-night event on March 11, and a feature event for Wingless Sprints will be held on March 12.


To find out more about the Australian Wingless Sprints Championship, contact Mick Parry on 0423 548 622, and to find out more about the Tasmanian Title, contact Narelle Blight on 0439 898 697.



If competing in both the Australian Championship and Tasmanian Title, mainland drivers are eligible to receive tow money up to the following amounts based on the standard tow money and the bonuses detailed below: Vic – $1,300, NSW – $1,450, SA – $1,450, Qld – $1,700, NT – $2,200, WA – $2,200.


In addition to the regular tow money, Wingless Sprints Tasmania will offer $300 extra to the first 10 cars who have nominated, paid and competed in the 2017 AWSR Australian Championship. The next 10 cars (11-20) who have nominated, paid and competed in the 2017 AWSR Australian Championship will receive an extra $150 for towage.


Interstate drivers competing in both the 2017 AWSR Australian Wingless Sprint Championship and the 2017 Tasmanian Wingless Sprint Title are eligible to receive an additional $200 towage, provided by Wingless Sprints Tasmania, which will be capped at five.


Cranes Combined Carrick Speedway will also provide $200 to each car competing in both the 2017 AWSR Australian Wingless Sprint Championship and the 2017 Tasmanian Wingless Sprint Title.


All monies will be paid at the conclusion of the 2017 Tasmanian Wingless Sprint Title.



To assist teams with preparation, Cranes Combined Carrick Speedway have coordinated a partnership with Austrips, who can make your travel arrangements simple. Austrips will offer travelling teams a minimum 5% discount off Spirit of Tasmania passenger fares based on the current fares, which are available directly from Spirit of Tasmania’s website.


With Austrips, you will be able to pay a deposit of 25% to make the booking and the rest can be paid off prior to the event. Bookings for this event are valid for travel from January 23, 2017 to March 31, 2017 inclusive.


Austrips have held limited car/trailer and passenger space for the following sailings, which is based on vehicles and towing trailers under and over 2.1m in height:


Depart Melbourne to Devonport

  • 19/02/2017 9:00am
  • 19/02/2017 9:00pm
  • 20/02/2017 7:30pm
  • 21/02/2017 7:30pm
  • 22/02/2017 7:30pm


Depart Devonport to Melbourne

  • 27/02/2017 7:30pm
  • 28/02/2017 7:30pm
  • 06/03/2017 7:30pm
  • 07/03/2017 7:30pm
  • 08/03/2017 7:30pm


* All passenger, accommodation and vehicle space is subject to availability at time of booking/amending.


Participants will be required to complete a booking form and send it back to Austrips via post, fax or email. Once received, Austrips will contact the participant by phone to discuss pricing and the best option available for them.


Austrips is also happy to assist in finding suitable accommodation for those who book the Spirit of Tasmania with them; this will be handled on a case by case basis.


For any queries regarding shipping or transport, contact Tanya McKinnell from Austrips on 0364 231 008.



Closest accommodation to the track:


Accommodation in Prospect – located approx. 10km from the track:

  • Olde Tudor Motor Inn. Free call : 1800 802 090 Phone: 0363 445 044


  • County Club Villas. Free call : 1800 635 344


  • Village Family Motor Inn. Phone : 0363 431 777



Other accommodation located within 20km of the track:

  • Riverside Hotel. Phone: 0363 272 522


  • BIG4 Launceston Holiday Park. Phone: 0363 442 600


  • Aberdeen Court Motel. Free call: 1800 006 042


  • Alanvale Apartments and Motor Inn. Phone: 0363 263 662


  • Archers Manor. Phone: 0363 263 600


  • Tamar River Villas. Phone: 0363 271 022



Accommodation in Deloraine – located approx. 30km from the track:

  • Mountain View Country Inn. Phone: 0363 622 633



Accommodation in Westbury – located approx. 20km from the track:

  • Westbury Gingerbread Cottages. Phone: 0363 931 140



Accommodation in Longford – located approx. 15km from the track:

  • Longford Riverside Caravan Park. Phone: 0363 911 470



Accommodation in Legana/Grindelwald – located approx. 30km from the track:

  • Aspect Tamar Valley Resort. Phone: 0363 300 400 Freecall: 1800 817 595


  • Grindelwald Lodge and Gardens. Phone: 0363 301 531


  • Launceston Holiday Park Legana. Phone: 0363 301 714




Cranes Combined Carrick Speedway is situated in East Street, Carrick, 20kms south west of Launceston, 80kms from Devonport (Spirit of Tasmania) and 200kms north of Hobart. The 395m clay track contains a licenced bar (no BYO) and various food and drinks will be available for purchase. Free camping will be available at the track for those who pre-book. Toilets and showers will be provided.


For further information on Cranes Combined Carrick Speedway, please contact Andrea Cox on 0428 500 939 or Steve Jessup on 0418 131 125.



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